Harpreet is an Assistant Professor of Interaction and Media Design at Parsons School of Design. His research is situated at the intersection of Material Science, Biology and Electronics and draws on the complementary abilities of the biological and artificial worlds. He terms this as 'Convergent Design' and creates cutting edge bionic materials and hybrid substrates that lend themselves for future ecological machinery, sensing systems and interaction design. Harpreet earned a graduate degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab and has previously lived and worked in the Austria, India, Japan, Singapore and USA.
His experience spans corporate research wings, studios, museums to academic centers having previously worked at Google Creative Lab, Microsoft Research, MIT Media Lab, Ars Electronica Museum, National University of Singapore, Keio University and more. He has previously been named as MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator and has been awarded CHI Golden Mouse, SXSW Interactive Innovation, Fast Company World Changing Ideas among other accolades. His academic work has been published at peer-reviewed conferences like CHI, DIS, IEEE VR and other human computer interaction venues. Harpreet's artwork has been showcased at Ars Electronica Festival, Somerset House, CID Grand Hornu, Garden Museum (Somerset, UK), Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, MIT Museum among other venues. He has also been invited to TEDx venues and regularly lectures internationally in universities and innovation centers.
Wu Yating, Sareen Harpreet, Miller Gabriel. “Soundyssey: Hybrid Enrichment System for Elephants in Managed Care” 2021. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'21), Onlin, February 14-19, 2014. Association for Computing Machinery, 2021.
Asmar, Karen El; Sareen, Harpreet; "Machinic Interpolations: A GAN Pipeline for Integrating Lateral Thinking in Computational Tools of Architecture", p. 60-66 . In: Congreso SIGraDi 2020. São Paulo: Blucher, 2020. DOI 10.5151/sigradi2020-9
Zhou, Ran, Yanzhe Wu, and Harpreet Sareen. "HexTouch: Affective Robot Touch for Complementary Interactions to Companion Agents in Virtual Reality." 26th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology. 2020. Best Demo Award
Ran Zhou, Yanzhe Wu, and Harpreet Sareen. 2020. HexTouch: A Wearable Haptic Robot for Complementary Interactions to Companion Agents in Virtual Reality. In SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Emerging Technologies (SA '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 8, 1–2
Zhou R and Sareen H. "EmotiTactor: Emotional Expression of Robotic Physical Contact" Proceedings of the 2020 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference. ACM, 2020. Eindhoven, Netherlands. July 6.
Sareen H and Maes P. "Cyborg Botany: Exploring In-Planta Cybernetic Systems for Interaction." Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2019. Glasgow, Scotland. May 4-9 2019.
Sareen H, Zheng J, and Maes P. "Cyborg Botany: Augmented Plants as Sensors, Displays and Actuators" Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2019. Glasgow, Scotland. May 4-9 2019. Golden Mouse Award
Gugenheimer, J., Stemasov, E., Sareen, H., & Rukzio, E. March 2018. A Demonstration of FaceDisplay: Asymmetric Multi-User Interaction for Mobile VR. In 2018 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR) pp. 753-754. IEEE.
Gugenheimer J., Stemasov E., Sareen H, Rukzio E. May 2017. FaceDisplay: Towards Asymmetric Multi-User Interaction for Nomadic Virtual Reality. In Proceedings CHI 2018 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 2018. May 6-11, 2017. CHI ’17. ACM New York, NY.
Sareen Harpreet, Udayan Umapathi, Patrick Shin, Yasuaki Kakehi, Jifei Ou, Pattie Maes, Hiroshi Ishii. May 2017. Printflatables: Printing Human-scale, Functional and Dynamic Inflatable Objects. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Denver, US, May 6-11, 2017. CHI ’17. ACM New York, NY.
Leigh, Sang-won, Harpreet Sareen, Hsin-Liu Cindy Kao, Xin Liu, and Pattie Maes. "Body-Borne Computers as Extensions of Self." Computers 6, no. 1 2017: 12
Gugenheimer J., Stemasov E., Sareen H, Rukzio E. May 2017. FaceDisplay: Enabling Multi-User Interaction for Mobile Virtual Reality. Demo Paper. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Denver, US, May 6-11, 2017. CHI 17. ACM New York, NY.
Mangiatordi, A. Sareen, H. 2011. Farfalla project: Browser based accessibility solutions. In Proceedings of the International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Hyderabad, India, March 28 – 29, 2012. W4A '11. ACM New York, NY. Article No. 21. Best Challenge Paper Award
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